When we think of distracted driving, many times we picture someone driving while glued to their cell phone. Cell phones are undeniably a big part of the distracted driving problem, but any activity that takes your eyes off the road can be considered a distraction.
Changing the radio settings, eating, or talking to the other people in the car make it more difficult to pay attention to the task of driving. In the five seconds it takes to send a text message, you can drive the entire length of a football field while travelling 55 mph.
If you aren’t watching where you are going, that is more than enough space to make a deadly mistake. While teens are the biggest group of people at risk for distracted driving, it’s estimated that there are 660,000 people driving during daylight hours while using their cell phone. In 2015, 3,477 people were killed by an accident involving a distracted driver.
If you have been involved in a wreck with a distracted driver, a Washington personal injury attorney can provide more information about your rights.